OLGR has rolled out changes to its gaming machine audit and inspection program.
These changes bring a greater focus on discussing harm minimisation strategies implemented by licensees. The strategies should ensure that gambling harm minimisation measures at the venue are focused on early intervention and prevention with clear avenues for help available.
Increased focus on harm minimisation during compliance visits will occur through a revised gaming audit and through unannounced inspections dedicated to gambling harm minimisation strategies.
With COVID-19 related interruptions easing and a return to more regular business operations, licensees are encouraged to make a proactive assessment of their compliance with obligations under the Gaming Machine Act 1992 and adherence to practices within the Responsible Gambling Code and Practice. When assessing yourself against the Code of Practice, be sure to refer to the section of the Queensland responsible gambling resource manual relevant to your industry sector, which provides a step by step guide to implementing the Code of Practice.
Under the Gaming Machine Act, licensees are required to complete monthly self-assessment checklists. This process is highly beneficial when it is approached with an inquisitive manner, rather than as a tick and flick exercise. Although completion of part B of the monthly self-assessment is only compulsory for the June and December periods, however since coming out of COVID disruptions it is recommended that you to complete both Part A and B in your next assessment.